Neuroscience Program Hosts Regional Brain Bee Competition

Brain Bee

Faculty and students from the MSU Neuroscience Program organize the annual Brain Bee and Neuroscience Fair. Pictured are organizers of the 2011 Brain Bee at MSU.

The MSU Neuroscience Program is hosting the Brain Bee competition on Saturday, February 11, 2012, for high school students in mid-Michigan.

The annual Brain Bee at MSU is a live question and answer competition that challenges high school students on their knowledge of neuroscience facts, including emotions, sensations, aging, addiction, and more. This event is free and open to all high school students and coordinated with a Neuroscience Fair open to the public, offering many fun hands-on activities for all ages.

“In the two years we have held the Brain Bee at MSU the program has grown from 15 participants to more than 80 registrants this year,” says Cindy Jordan, professor of neuroscience and event organizer. “This experience showcases the research and career opportunities available for students in neuroscience as their energy will help find cures for Autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and other brain disorders.”

Students prepare for the competition by studying Brain Facts published by the Society for Neuroscience and Science of the Brain published by the British Neuroscience Association and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. MSU also organizes hands-on experiences for students including opportunities to work with real brains, record from living neurons and an all-day Brain Bee Boot Camp in which students are taken on a whirlwind tour of the brain, discussing the fundamentals of neuroscience and its application in everyday life.

The student who wins the MSU competition receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Maryland. They also earn a paid summer fellowship where they will work in the research laboratory of an MSU neuroscientist.

The Brain Bee is part of a national and international competition aligned with the Brain Awareness Week program coordinated by the Society for Neuroscience.

The MSU event is being organized by Jordan, Jessica Port, a neuroscience graduate student, and Casey Henley, a postdoctoral fellow.

A Neuroscience Fair will be held in conjunction with the Brain Bee at MSU Competition from 10:00am to 5:00pm on February 11, 2012. Teachers, students, and parents can experience neuroscience activities, including hearing and seeing real neurons fire, learning how our senses can be tricked, and touching a real human brain.

Information and registration materials for the Brain Bee at MSU can be found at:

For more information, contact Cynthia Jordan

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